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Using Patent Databases and Finding Patents

An introduction to patent searching, with links to freely available patent databases and suggested search strategies.

Introduction

Introduction to Patent Information

This guide describes approaches to finding patent documents using freely available databases.  It also discusses reasons for using the patent literature.  If you do not find what you expected or would like more information, please contact me.

 

Also, you may be interested in this guide:

Patent and Trademark Resource Center

The McKinney Engineering Library is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).  As part of that program, we provide assistance with patent and trademark information. 

 
Just a note that we are not attorneys nor is our location a branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 

Here, we provide some basic information and point to more.  For assistance, please speak with Larayne Dallas at (512)-495-4503. *If you are thinking of an in-person visit to the library, please call first to see if that is necessary --- most of the help we give is over the phone.*

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